Tuesday, June 25, 2019

We are excited to announce that we have found a new permanent home for our public art installation “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.”!

We are excited to announce that we have found a new permanent home for our public art installation “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” which has been on display inside Seward Park in the Lower East Side since June 2018. We dismantled the entire structure with the help of @ericpreisendanz who is taking it to Philadelphia to be installed as the centerpiece of The Civic Art Collection in Philadelphia.

• The installation consisted of four of our near life-size photos of different “mom-and-pop” stores, printed on Dibond by @uniquevisualsny who did an absolutely amazing job. The panels were then attached to the wood-frame structure and even a green wavy roof (just like bodegas in NYC have) was installed by us to make it ever more realistic and to protect the installation from rain, snow ❄️ and whatever else the city wanted to hit it with!

• Although it was bittersweet to take down the installation from inside Seward Park, it will continue to raise awareness of the importance of small unique businesses to the fabric of the community.

• As soon as it is safely reinstalled, we will let everyone know so you can visit it at its new home!


In our latest YouTube video, Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Donuts, Vinyl & Pizza, we visit Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop!

In our latest YouTube video, Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Donuts, Vinyl & Pizza, we visit Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop @pauliegees_sliceshop which specializes in classic New York City-style Cheese slices, Pepperoni slices, Pepperoni slices with Mike’s Hot Honey aka “The Hellboy”, and some other specialty slices including vegan options as well as Sicilian pies made using four gas-fired ovens. The Slice Shop’s retro décor is inspired by the pizzerias Paulie Gee frequented in the 1960s and 70s in Brooklyn.

• To hear more and see more interior photos of this #Pizzeria please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla as we highlight small independently owned businesses in New York City https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


Monday, June 24, 2019

In our latest YouTube video, Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Donuts, Vinyl & Pizza we go digging for vinyl at the thrift shop, The Thing.

This second-hand shop is known by #vinyl junkies for its extensive selection of used vinyl #records, tens of thousands of which can be found in the packed basement level of the shop.

• To hear more about this gem and see ALL of the interior including the back room with a listening station and the entire basement with its floor to ceiling full of records on shelves and in crates, please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla as we will be posting new videos weekly highlighting unique small businesses like The Thing (direct link in bio) or visit: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Manhattan 3 Decker Restaurant is located on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

This family-owned #diner has been in business since 1945. To hear more about why it was named Manhattan 3 Decker and see the interior of this affordable diner, please watch our latest episode , Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Donuts, Vinyl & Pizza and please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla to follow our weekly videos highlighting unique small businesses in the city. https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


Saturday, June 22, 2019

We just posted on our YouTube channel our latest episode, Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Donuts, Vinyl & Pizza.

Full episode: https://youtu.be/_USOiykA5hc

In this episode, we visit Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, a 1950s-era donut shop known for its delicious donuts 🍩 and its original decor including a wrap-around S-shaped lunch counter.

To hear more and see the interior of this lovely #donut shop and to find out which two donuts we tried, please subscribe to our YouTube channel JamesandKarla: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla


Photography from our visit to Elizabeth Collective, Elizabeth Taylor’s former Midtown mansion turned arts collective for 6sqft...

Full article: https://www.6sqft.com/inside-the-elizabeth-collective-elizabeth-taylors-former-midtown-mansion-turned-arts-collective/

"When you think of the heart of Midtown, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not a turn-of-the-century mansion dripping with historic details. But nestled amongst the office buildings on West 56th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues is just that. Designed by architects Warren & Wetmore of Grand Central fame, 10 West 56th Street has gone through several incarnations over its lifetime, from private residence (including the one-time home of Elizabeth Taylor!) to high-end retail space."


Friday, June 21, 2019

Our latest video, Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Donuts, Vinyl & Pizza is now live on our YouTube channel JamesandKarla!

Full episode: https://youtu.be/_USOiykA5hc

In this episode, we travel to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the northernmost neighborhood in the borough adjacent to Williamsburg. We visit a family-owned diner, Manhattan 3 Decker Restaurant and have an iced coffee and stop in at a 1950s-era donut shop, Peter Pan Pastry & Donut Shop, where we get two delicious donuts.

We also go crate digging at The Thing, a thrift shop known by NYC's vinyl junkies and DJs for its extensive selection of used vinyl records. We end the day at Paulie Gee's Slice Shop, where we get some slices of pizza and head to the waterfront area of Greenpoint, where we take in some stunning views of the New York City skyline.

We also stroll through McCarren Park, see graffiti and street-art lined streets and look at some local finds at sidewalk yard sales.

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel : https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesandKarla